“Something to Remember” – “Ιστορίες Μνήμης” aims to trail through the concept of memory. But how can we define the term memory?
At first thought, memory is the process of recalling an event we have experienced, recollecting a dream, smelling something which makes us reminiscent, seeing something which brings about a feeling. A memory can be repelled, altered, blunted or kept alive.
Individually, memory works as a tool to form an identity, to understand that we belong to a social framework, a place, a time. The more the people who share a memory are, the more this memory transforms from subjective to collective and functions as a factor of cohesion.
In Greek mythology memory is represented by Mnemosyne. Mnemosyne was a Titanide, daughter of Uranus and Gaea and mother of the nine Muses. She helped preserve the myths and traditions long before written language. She was the patroness of oral tradition and poets. In ancient Greece it was believed that when one died and went to the Underworld, they had to choose whether they would drink water from the spring of oblivion or the spring of memory. If they chose oblivion, they had to be reborn and return in order to be taught once again by the experiences of life.
George Orwell in his ‘1984’ novel gives the concept of memory its real meaning. In a dystopian world, a totalitarian regime wanting to control people’s actions and consciences, deletes individual memory. The main character (Winston Smith), having illegally accessed a chocolate bar, manages to unravel a pile of tangled memories and to realise that he has been deprived of all the recollections defining his identity.
We are looking for works that reflect on the past, explore new meanings in the present, create links between events, characters and objects, and participate in a process of imprinting or rearranging. How are individual fragments of memory organised in order to compose the collective? How can remembering History be the vehicle leading to various individual stories?
L.I.F. Festival with the concept “Something to Remember” invites creators and digital artists to submit proposals under the following categories:
- Video art, animation, video dance, video mapping
- Short films, Documentaries
- Performing arts with digital aspects
The duration of each work must not exceed 10 minutes. (excluding documentaries and sort films).
There is no participation fee.
This open call is addressed to all creators (individuals, groups or organisations) in Greece and abroad.
Application and submission process
Every creator or group can submit one or more applications, filling in an application form for each work.
Download and fill in the following application form with your contact information, the description of your project and your proposal, along with a snapshot of your work, and send it at email@example.com
A preview link should also be provided in the relevant cell of the application form.
At the end of the selection process run by the Artistic Committee, the artists will be asked to send their works using any free online uploading/downloading service (e.g. wetransfer.com, sendspace.com, dropbox or via their personal website) in good resolution for screening by sending the link to download.
- For video: .avi, .mov, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4
- For soundscapes: .mp3
Extended submission deadline: 10 July 2018
Fill in the following application form with your contact information, the description of your project and your proposal. At the end of the selection process run by the Artistic Committee, artists will be asked to send their works in high quality at: firstname.lastname@example.org